In a nation of immigrants, in a diverse, multi-cultural city like Anchorage, respecting and celebrating diversity is a natural. Pacific Northern Academy’s academic emphasis on teaching and learning with a global perspective and social, emotional and behavioral emphasis on respect place it at the center of the Anchorage, the national and the world community. Pacific Northern Academy welcomes students and families of every race and cultural identity; we believe that the interesting histories, journeys and stories that all our students have lived enrich the lives and education of all in our community.
We are of many faiths and none; we are by birth Asian, European, Athabascan and African. We speak with a Canadian accent (aye?) or a Southern drawl, a slight hint of Spanish in our English and a large dollop of English in our Spanish. Our grandparents live in Hawaii, New York, Argentina, Jamaica or Korea; and yet, it is this very diversity that defines our community.
As we move further into the 21st century, it is clear that we will need to find ways to embrace each other’s differences, from learning style to family style. We will need to find ways to include our varied cultural backgrounds that provide the unique set of flavors in the salad bowl that is Alaska, the United States and the world.
PNA is a place where being different is more than o.k., it is a school at which differences are encouraged and supported.